Information from Blue Mountains Fire Control Centre, Katoomba on Bush Fire Situation in the Blue Mountains Council area.
Issued at 1800hrs on 16th December 2009
A TOTAL FIRE BAN HAS BEEN DECLARED FOR BLUE MOUNTAINS TOMORROW
A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Blue Mountains area from midnight tonight until midnight 18/12/2009. Temperatures are forecast to reach 39 degrees, Relative Humidly 18% and winds from the W/NW up to 50km/h.
The fire danger rating will be severe. A severe fire danger rating means fire can threaten suddenly and without warning and your survival is the primary consideration in any decision to “Leave Early” or “Stay and Defend”.
Grose Head South Fire
Today NSW Rural Fire Service, National Park & Wildlife Service and ACT firefighters have continued to strengthen containment lines for the Grose Head South fire. Firefighters have worked to extinguish hotspots that have been identified by aerial recognisance. The fire is now contained and there is no threat to property. Firefighters and aircraft will continue working on the fireground this evening and through tomorrow.
While there is no immediate threat to property, residents in the areas of Hawkesbury Heights, Bowen Mountain, Grose Vale, Grose Wold, Winmalee and Yarramundi, as well as the greater Blue Mountains area should continue to monitor the situation.
Residents should be prepared to implement their Bush Fire Survival Plans and stay informed of current fire activity by monitoring local media and regularly checking for updates on the RFS website or Information Line.
National Parks and Council Reserve closures
All walking trails in the Springwood Ridge, Blue Gum swamp and Shaws Ridge north of Winmalee will remain closed until further notice. For further information on National Park Closures go to the National Parks & Wildlife Service website:
· Updates on this fire and the current and the Fire Danger Rating in your area are available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by calling call 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).
· For information on Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP) go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
· If you need to report a new fire or require urgent assistance, dial Triple Zero (000).
Authorised by Incident Controller Supt. Tom Shirt, Blue Mountains Fire Control Centre.
Issued by the Incident Management Team on behalf of the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Inspector Paul McGrath
Learning & Development Officer
Blue Mountains District
NSW Rural Fire Service
Emergency Services Centre
Cnr Bathurst Rd & Valley Rd
KATOOMBA NSW 2780
Phone 02 4784 7444
Direct 02 4784 7419
Fax 02 4784 7461
Mobile 0414 822 159
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